Christmas and Winter
There are so many wonderful designs available that celebrate every season and occasion under the sun... so we thought it'd be fun to collect a few of them, and organize them for you on a set of Holiday/Seasonal Pages. I'm a "seasons nut..." so we'll be adding to these all the time! We have so many other projects and ideas in the shop, and elsewhere on the site, but this is a fun way to show you just a few ..... ENJOY!
Making Christmas Stocking Selections?
Don't miss seeing the entire collections of several different designer's talents! Christmas Stockings are an individual thing! Some want all in the family to match... some want different designs to 'match the person'... Check out our Stocking Page for lots of options!!!
Autumn Cross Stitch Designs
Spring and Easter Designs
Christmas and Winter
Patriotic and Summer
Have a Jolly Holiday With Pine Mountain
Pine Mountain's Christmas Collection of cute pre-made pillows is huge -- this pic delivers you a small sampling that is dazzling! PM specializes in coordinating trendy fabrics together to pre-make you pillow shams and wraps -- always inserting cross stitch fabric into the somehow. You do the cute stitching in a jiff -- because ALL of these are offered as complete kits of that darling pillow and threads.
Make sure you peruse our Pine Mountain pages to see the rest of the collections -- they are such a good value, and terrifically easy as travel projects. Some of the smaller pillows make EXCELLENT stocking stuffers for beginning stitchers as well!
The Gingerbread Bakery Cupcakes
from The Victoria Sampler
These are the CUTEST ornaments we have seen in so long... you are going to be enchanted by them! Last year's Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue Magazine featured the Gingerbread Man Cupcake included in VS's newest leaflet of THREE stitched cupcakes! Gingerbread Cupcakes features charts for the tops of three cakes, Snowmen, Gingerbread Men and Holly Leaves, along with finishing instructions to assemble them into colorful silicone baking cups.
You'll probably want the corresponding Accessory pack of all the threads, metallics, cute buttons, all the 'candy beads' and those bright red baking cups... everything you'll need except the topping fabric is in the accs pack. We'll be sending you 28ct Linen that is close to the 28ct Antique Almond called for (AA hasn't been available for almost a year!)... so you stitch a trio of cupcakes for your Christmas Tree -- we think these are so creative, cute, colorful, charming, unique and too pretty to eat!
Mill Hill Presents Christmas 2014!
24 New designs to dazzle -- you'll have plenty of time to work on these since Summer isn't even here yet!!!!
Nora Corbett Greeting Cards from Mirabilia
WOW... we have two more stunning collections of blank-inside greeting cards decorated with the original artwork of Nora Corbett -- they are her handpainted studies BEFORE she charted her works into Cross Stitch! The beginnings of what become our stitched masterpieces, each image includes the original sketchmarks, the paper folds and graph lines!!!
Vintage Christmas, Believe & Amazing Grace from Brenda Riddle
Here is a trio of small charted designs by Brenda Riddle that feature a vintage flavor. Vintage Christmas can be worked in three different color ways on Week's Linen with Gentle Art flosses -- it finishes approx 4 x 5-1/2 -- not big at all.
Believe and Amazing Grace are both worked with Week's White Lightening floss on 35ct Gunmetal Linen.
Wanting to mimic the charm of an old chalkboard each of these finishes approx 5 x 6 and 6 x 7. Very simple and charming! Each is offered as a chart. offered as a chart.
from Threadwork Primitives
This is a cool design... very primitive, but such a pretty tree and border designs! Offered as a chart, this is worked on something mangy you have in your stash -- and then coffee-distressed even more to give it some *age.*
Only Country Redwood, Heirloom Gold Sampler Threads, and Week's Onyx and Moss... that greedy crow is deciding whether or not to return his festive stocking decoration!!! Finishing a petite 4-1/2 x 6-1/4, the stitch count is 77 x 106.
Sleigh Rides and Snowflakes from The Scarlett House
Here's a chilly scene, cold and quiet! Stitch the entire thing, or leave off the words -- there are big snowflakes in the background (sort of hard to see in our image, but they're there!) that you can re-arrange in behind the evergreens. Scarlet House presents this design in chart format that is worked on a dusky hand-dyed -- lots of good colors come to mind (like Week's Tin Roof).
The stitch count is 220 x 138, and colors listed are either Sampler Threads or DMC. Dried Thyme, Forest Glade, Country Redwood, Wood Smoke, Tin Bucket, Chalk, Picnic Basket, Wood Trail, Deep Forest and Espresso Bean... you can just feel the deep, quiet colors. The dogs and bunnies are worked over one thread -- everything else is over 2.
Delivering Peppermints and Candy Canes
from Homespun Elegance
Homespun Elegance has new design -- an Owl-Santa is doing the deliveries with his cute candy-bucket! Stitched on R & R's 30ct Mink -- regular Natural or Khaki Aida looks great as well (good fabric alternatives). DMC or Week's flosses are called for, and there are amber shell buttons used on the wagon wheels down at the bottom. (Use the darker mangy side of them!)
The peppermints at the top can be cross-stitched, or made from white buttons with red stitches over them to look like mints. (We thought of the JABCO peppermint buttons as well -- you can soak them in coffee to get them darker.) Lots of cute options here, this finishes approx 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 on 30ct -- Sandra has used Week's Merlot Wool for her backing -- it'd make a stunning pillow background!
Merry Noel Collection: You Better Not Pout & Owls Love Christmas Too!
from Homespun Elegance
Two more ornaments this year -- ALWAYS cute options for your tree, both follow a dusty, antique color shceme and are coded for either DMC or hand-dyed flosses.
Christmas Candy Cane Sampler
from Cherry Hill Stitchery
Here's a cute piece -- a cheerful snowman cameo surrounded by a few borders and motifs of the snowy season... this is offered as a chart. With a stitch count of 189 x 72, choose any fabric you like to work on -- just make sure the white will show up on it.
Charted for good old DMC floss, there are no special stitches or hand-dyed flosses or embellishments -- but you can always get carried away if you want to! Just a cute design.
Up On The Rooftop
from Blackberry Lane Designs
Blackberry Lane as released #4 in her incredible Annual Snowglobe Series -- this one features Santa on the roof getting ready to drop down the chimney! Absolutely breathtaking detail in color shading and design detail, this entire ornament is only 82 x 82 stitches and is worked over one on 28ct, making it less than 3 x 3.
TONS of different DMC flosses from your stash, since there are so many called for in here... you won't use much of any of the colors!!! Look for the companion designs in your stash -- 2010 is The Snow Day, 2011 is Midnight Ride, and 2012 is The Carolers. These are all stunning! Get them and stash them away for a 110 degree month next summer when you can stay inside stitching!!!!!
Sleds and More Sleds! from Foxwood Crossings
Christmas is only 10 months away!!!
Oh my gosh... these are the CUTEST little ornaments... you mount your bit of stitching to an actual tiny metal and wood sled!!! Foxwood Crossings has seven small card designs -- each featuring a trio of designs (so we have 21 different designs for these) that measure only 17 x 30 stitches! 14ct Brown or Cream Perforated Paper work best for these (but Aida and 28ct linen will work too -- just not finish as flat.)
Do your quick stitching, trim the paper to fit the sled, back it with a bit of felt or pretty paper if you want... and glue it onto the sled! Each wood and metal sled ornament is nicely made -- not all bent up or rough. The little runners are 4 inches long, the swing handle is another 2. They stand an inch high, and the stitch area is just a mere 1-1/2 x 2-1/2.
So, So CUTE!!!!!!! Talk about different, quick and CHARMING tree ornaments! Offered as the 7 small card charts, the sleds are available separately, and if you are careful a perf paper sheet will do 18 of these! BE CAREFUL TO ORDER ENOUGH SLEDS FOR ALL YOUR ORNAMENTS!
Sled Heads features Santa, Mrs Santa and Rudolph. Snow Grateful has a trio of snowmen. Sledding Friends has a penguin and an Eskimo, and another snowman. Snow Country Sleds features a church, barn and cabin in the woods. Bread Sleds has a gingerbread couple and tiny gingerbread house! (love that name!) Mixed Bag Quilts has three tiny quilt block patterns. Quaker Sleds features three tiny Quaker motifs.
Gingerbread Bakery from The Victoria Sampler
We are up to building #5 in this charming stitched Gingerbread Village! The Victoria Sampler has somehow designed the cutest miniature houses and even a tree, all garnished with 'drips' of white royal Icing, and lots of 'beaded cookies and candies!'
Joining their Church, Gingerbread Stitching House, Candy Cane Cottage and Tree Etui, you stitch each wall of this... even the roof, and construct the building. (The tiny gingerbread cookies on the roof are miniature buttons!) None of these are very large... our Stitching House model is something like 4 inches square and 3 inches high. Everything is offered in leaflet format, with fabric and the accessory packs of threads and embellishments offered separately.
Anyway, Gingerbread Bakery is charming, and comes in a leaflet FULL of detailed instructions and great finishing photos!
Gingerbread Cookies from The Victoria Sampler
Well, this is a cool chart... what a fun stitching project to complete, even if you aren't doing any of the matching village. Each cookie is stitched on 28ct Antique Almond Cashel Linen in reds, whites and an icy blue. The accessory pack contains all the silks and wools, beads, pearls and tiny 'candy' button embellishments.
As you can see, there really isn't much stitching on these AT ALL... so maybe after you've made your first set, you can get creative with the basic cookie shapes and add decorations from your stash to make more! Each ornament finishes approx 2-1/2 x 4 in size. Offered as the leaflet with accs pack separately.
Felt Christmas Ornaments and Mini-Gift Sacks! from Rachel's of Greenfield
Ornaments Galore! We have 6 new kits to make a total of 36 different mini stockings, mittens and gift bag ornaments! Something fun to hang on the tree, each and every one of these measures approx 2 x 3 when finished. Traditional designs in classic reds, greens, navy, black and white, each kit contains its templates and pattern shapes with cutting instructions for all the ornament pieces. They also include all the felt, threads, beads and button embellishments (if any are needed) and the gold cord hangers! You'll do simple Blanket Stitches and a couple of Straight Stitch Holly springs, and attach a few beads, but that's it!! REALLY CUTE, the snowmen wear a 'backpack' back pocket to store treasures! (Maybe for Christmas $$?) Very small and quick... these might be good for a scout troop project... they'd be so retro and fun as a large collection on a tree, cute package ties, you decide! Buy all 6 and get a discount!
Merry Christmas to Thee from Abby Rose Designs
Here's a pretty Holiday Greeting by Abby Rose Designs. Measuring 85 x 83 stitches, choose a soft hand-dyed carmel-color linen to make yours look like the pic, or choose something else you like to work on!
The chart is coded for either DMC or overdyeds -- and uses Wood Trail, Lancaster Red, Baked Apple, Bullfrog, Molasses, Picnic Basket and Brandy. The pillow finishing is pretty on this as well!
Toys in the Attic -- A trio of ornaments
from Blackberry Lane Designs
Oh my gosh, these designs are so old-fashioned and charming!!! Marie Driskell's over-one design detail is apparent in this trio of small designs -- but these are MUCH, MUCH easier to stitch than some of her previous pieces. Worked on 28ct linen, each finishes approx 3 x 3... but much smaller if you leave off the Merry Christmas greetings on the bottom.
Curly Girls for Christmas!
Mill Hill has 4 new kits by Leigh -- of Curly Girl Designs. You see her artwork on lots of things -- stationery, napkins, tea towels and coffee cups -- and we get to stitch it! I love the contemporary verses and the fresh color schemes. Can you see the patterns in the backgrounds? Some of that is done with beads, the rest is stitching -- and it adds a touch of charm!
Offered in complete kit format, each 7 x 7-ish design is worked on 28 ct linen in DMC flosses and is smattered with Mill Hill beads all through out the design.
Presenting the 2013 Prairie Schooler Annual Santa! Their 30th!!!
Well... if you aren't familiar with Prairie Schooler's Annual Santas... you have 30 years of patterns to catch up on! This year's has Santa keeping track of time all over the world to make sure he delivers toys on time! (Maybe next year he'll upgrade to a smart-phone!)
Charming as always... same size, same color palette, add him to your stunning collection of Prairie Schooler's famous series! Offered as a small card.
Buttons & Beads -- Christmas & Winter 2013
Mill Hill newest set of 5 x 5 Button and Bead kits are HERE!! I just love this year's set of designs...
Mill Hill's Winter Holiday Mini Ornament-Magnet Kits for 2013
A whole new set of small ornaments for your Christmas Tree... these are always fun to stitch. Offered as little kits for only $7 each... you get the chart, 14ct perforated paper, proper sized needles, all the flosses and beads, and even a magnet for the back. Darling as tree ornaments, they look good on the frig, or dressing the file cabinet at work too!
Mill Hill's Colonial Santas
Mill Hill's 15th Annual Set of Santa*Through*the*Year is here! We're up to 45 different 3 x 4 paper Santa ornament designs -- The Big Guy in real life -- with all sorts of different themes. Although some don't *really look like* Santa... when you have part of the collection together and hanging on your tree -- they are really neat.
This year's trio features Colonial Santas: Williamsburg, Jamestown and Plymouth. Mostly Cross Stitch with DMC floss... there is not much bead embellishment on any of these. They are meant to be old-fashioned paper ornaments! Offered as complete kits of chart, paper, flosses, needles and beads, we've just re-arranged our Mill Hill Antique Santa's page... and now you can see all the previous year's offerings in a jiff! They are stunning on the Christmas Tree, and now there are enough to decorate their OWN tree!
Mill Hill's Nativity Trilogy Kits
Shepherds and The Angel... our Nativity Set continues with these three paper ornaments. Joining the Magi, and Holy Family... these are very pretty! Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Shepherds and the animals are rather plain -- as they would be -- but the Three Kings and the Angel are trimmed in lots of color and gold beads.
Offered as individual kits, these finish approx 4 x 5 on the 14ct perforated paper, and include all the flosses and beads. We talked about stitching these and attaching small easel stand to the backs of them to make a stand-alone nativity scene.
from Little Dove Designs
Here's a delightful Christmas band sampler full of easy, traditional rows of motifs, all stitched with DMC flosses on any Taupe, Natural or Dark Brown Linen. Finishing approx 5 x 13 on 28ct ... just *whip it up* NOW... and it'll be ready to make into a cute pillow or hanging for next Christmas.
No special stitches or embellishments, no hand-dyeds...this baby is READY and WAITING for your and the creativity of your stash!! Offered as a chart, it has a very pleasing balance to its design!
Five Little Books from Germany!
What an AWESOME discovery we have made! This is a collection of 5 small 6 x 8, 40 to 64 page, softcover books featuring all sorts of charming Christmas motifs -- stitched, finished into a million different things, and photographed beautifully. Heavy, glossy paper, lovely full color charts, DMC, Anchor and Rico coded, each book shows all the various charts stitched and finished into tablecloths, runners, ornaments, stand-ups, just beautiful Holiday decorations all around.
Each book features over 50 designs and you can combine them to make your project as involved as you want. Absolutely delightful to page through... I wish we could show all the inside pages to you! Click the pic to see descriptions of all 5! They are translated into 6 different languages -- I THINK they are English, French, Spanish, and three more I don't know!Merry Christmas; Joyeux Noel; Feliz Navidad; Felice Natale; Vrolijk Kerstfeest; and Boldog Karacsonyt!!!
Christmas Tidings from JABCO
Another pretty adaptation from the Art to Heart artwork by the JABCO gals... this is stitched on Week's 30ct Dove linen... but we think it'd be STUNNING on a cream. 14 Different colors of Week's hand-dyeds or DMC flosses, Christmas is spelled down the left edge providing the first letters of short thoughts of The Christmas Story. Christ is born, honor Him. Inn... no room, Star shone. Three Wisemen, Manger bed, Angels sing, Shepherds watched.
Everything is garnished with charming JABCO buttons -- the whole nativity, angels, the inn and star, three Wisemen, baby in the manger, and shepherd and sheep. There is a lot going on in this... and all of it is in a 4 x 13-1/2 inch piece!!! Very colorful and eye-catching! Offered as the chart with button set.
JBW Releases Celebrate Christmas 2012!
Judy has 6 new small designs... some doves for the tree, and some darling miniature stockings are both shown as ornaments. Gingerbread Cookies features two smalls that would also be cute ornaments, apron panels, or even little wedge stand-ups for the kitchen window sill.
ABC's & Christmas Trees is a new lonnnggg alphabet to coordinate with JBW's recent Halloween Alphabet, but not quite as long, so she could package it in small card format!
Always cute things, all JBW's designs are offered in her small card format, and are easy on the stitching time!!!
Santas Midnight Flight from Praiseworthy Stitches
Praiseworthy Stitches other cool piece this season... this piece is *really pretty!* There are red and gold metallic blending filaments stitched into the border, and on the reindeer... so as it contrasts against the evening sky (choose a night-sky color) The snowflakes in the sky are Smyrna Crosses, Santa has a beard of Wisper thread, and there are beads embellishing here and there and everywhere!
Charted for DMC or hand-dyeds, just a neat, balanced, organized design!!! The sleepy village -- people are stitched over one in the yards -- and can you see some of the reindeer and sleigh prints in the snow on the rooftops? I love the elegance of the border! Offered as a chart, finishing 18 x 12 on 32ct.
Shepherd's Bush in Miniature!
Do you love all the Shepherd's Bush Stocking designs... but have no need for more Christmas Stockings???? Well... stitch them over ONE on 36ct Linen, and your problems are gone!! Look at our little 5 x 3 creations! Same darling designs as the large 18 x 11 stocking -- only we left off the embellishments -- and had Jill Rensel mat them for us!!!
Originally, we thought about making small stockings... but Santa can't get much into one of those, so we went for pics instead! Jill will make us mats (8 x 9-ish) for any of the stockings in this size -- we used the Fabric Flair 36ct natural linen, and all the specified *colors* of perles and flosses -- in floss weight. So... tell us which stockings you want mats for... and we'll get them to you! Colors will vary with the stocking colors, all are hand-painted by Jill and CHARMING!!!
Homespun Elegance Presents its Annual Ornaments for 2012!
For zillions of years, we have been treated to three ornaments by Homespun Elegance. Always a Snowman, Santa and Sampler ornament... this year's are really cute just like last years, and WILL NOT disappoint!!!
Always offered as single charts with a tiny brass embellishment, ALL finish approx 3-1/2 x 2-3/4 on 30ct hand-dyed linen. (28 natural is good, too -- so many fabrics will work well.) See if you can find all the previous years' ornaments on our page... we have a ton of them -- as we have been getting them for zillions of years -- remember?
Tiny Tidings XVII from Lizzie*Kate
Holy Cow, we're having to re-learn our Roman Numerals to keep count of Lizzie Kate's annual ornament sets -- her Tiny Tidings! We're on year #17... which means that these are ornaments #81 to 86!!!!!! Always simple yet really cute, stitch these on almost any fabric you want... use some novelty threads -- do 'em bitty on 40ct over one!
I love that little reindeer -- he looks like a cow! The tiny Merry Tree would be real cute as a small stand-up. Offered in chart format, the embellishment pack that is separate contains all the tiny buttons and beads to trim everything in the set. Unbelieveably, we have all the previous 16 years of charts available, the later ones have all offered embellishment packs, as well. So... COLLECT and STITCH!
Presenting Mill Hill's 2012 Christmas Button & Bead Kits!
Our walls overflow with these colorful holiday designs -- we just love them! Mill Hill's 5 x 5-ish Button & Bead kits are here, and quite a nice collection this year.
*Home for the Holidays* is mainly green and white -- very welcoming.
We have a Barber Shop and Book Store to add to your Christmas Village scene... (think there are at least 18 or 19 different houses now!) We've seen gals who've finished these into stand-up cubes and actually arrange them on the mantle as a little village!
*Tapestry Noel* is a yummy one -- it looks velvet-y, or like a rug -- solid and elegant.
*Santa's Treats* is the Peppermint Cocoa one... we don't have any designs like this one, it'll be a cute kitchen decoration.
Finally, *World Peace* is also unique in both design and color. A gorgeous dove offering greetings in several languages.
All are offered as complete kits of charts, beads, flosses and buttons stitched on 14ct perforated paper. We've always stitched our shop models on linen, but they are pretty any way you work them!
Presenting Mill Hill's 2012 Winter Holiday Mini-Ornament Kits
TOO CUTE this year... this year's set of six designs will look great gracing your Christmas Tree! They make good magnets, too... in case you want to perch them some place else. 'I Love Christmas' and 'Paisley Tree' seem to go together, and companion the larger Tapestry Noel design of the Button and Bead kits. 'Oli Elf', Joy Tree and Santa and Rudolph all look whimsical and full of Chrismtassy detail. I LOVE those skinny legs on Oli! Last, the Partridge with the pear tree in his tummy is plump, yet subdued! I think he companions World Peace in the larger set.
Always a super-good-value, Mill Hill kits are complete with charts, clear instructions and model pics, all the threads and beads you need, needle, and even backing magnet if you want your ornament to be able to do something else other than just 'hang around' on a tree!
Tree Ornaments -- Something Old and Something New from Sue Hillis Designs
We have a collection of 4 leaflets by Sue Hillis that are turning into quite a nice collection of tree-shaped ornaments. Sue has re-done some of her older designs that had been past favorites -- giving them a make-over -- and adding a few new designs to complement them! Noel en Rouge features over-one monochromatic Christmas Trees. Stitch them in any color you want, on any fabric you like!!!
#2 Features needlework-inspired trees! You get a floss tree, a spool tree and a scissor tree! Leaflet #3 features traditional trees -- I love, love that feathery one on the right with the teeny star embellishments! Leafelt #4 is Christmas Candy! NOEL isn't a tree shape like the other two, but it'd look great tucked on your tree with it's candy counterparts. Something for everyone in this set of leaflets, kind of nice that they aren't all the same at all!!!
Seasonal Garlands from A Kitty Kat Original
Aren't they cute? This is a collection of seasonal motifs -- all dangled together -- to resemble garlands. By A Kitty Kat Original, her set of 5 pieces enchants me! You can stitch them as is -- on one piece of fabric and frame them... OR... you can stitch them on perforated paper or make tiny fabric pillows and actually STRING them... and make stitched garlands! Her cover pics show paper shapes attached together via wire -- that makes them easy to flex and display just the way you want them. They'd be cute on a wreath, too... get some colored lights, some wild ribbon...
Offered as charts, you'll find those old-fashioned plastic *google eyes* featured on the personalities in all but the Ho Ho pattern... so retro and fun! Charted for DMC, google eyes included in charts!
Jo Jo's Santa from Fern Ridge Collections
Fern Ridge has a stunning new Santa Peyote Stitch piece that can be used as a pin, ornament or necklace pendant. Charming Mr Santa Claus is entirely beaded -- no loom, no base fabric. You stitch him in your hands using a beading technique named the Peyote Stitch -- where the beads fit together like miniature bricks!
He is basically charted -- complete beading instructions are included with the color coded diagrams. He finishes a mere 2-1/2 x 2-1/2, his face is flat... but that beard is a wonderful mass of looped beads, all glistening with silver star mixed in. Offered as the complete kit, you get all the threads, beads, embellishments, findings... everything... along with great instructions!
Christmas & Sugar Cookies! from Cross Eyed Cricket
Cross Eyed Cricket has two new designs that 'speak' of The Season! Just like her 4-seasons designs... these are alphabet letters spelling out their word with quite a bit of charm and design content.
Offered as leafets, each design is coded for DMC floss, and can be worked on just about ANY fabric you want! Regular Cross Stitch... think about adding some metallics or fun button embellishments. COOKIES finishes approx 4 x 21 on 28ct. CHRISTMAS is a bit larger at 5 x 26. Fun, fresh new decorations... in case you're due for an update!!!
Santa's Sleigh Ride from JBW Designs
JBW has a sweet design that is stitched on the new Fabric Flair 28ct Antique White Opalescent. Stitched with your stash of overdyeds or DMC flosses, Santa in his sleigh finishes approx 8 x 3-1/2 inches. The fabric is simply lovely -- Fabric Flair of England somehow sprays, or treats one side of their fabrics with an opalescent finish. So light... just barely there... I think you'll like the effect. The linen itself has a great hand, too.
Santa's Sleigh ride comes as a partial kit of chart, charms and metallic threads, needle and fabric cut. You add the bits of floss for this JBW treat!
Pocketful of Peppermint from Blue Ribbon Designs
I counted 18 different ornament options in this piece! Stitched in Gentle Art Sampler Threads of Curry, Garnet, Hazelnut, Holly, Hunter, Liberty and Snowflake, each of the small take-out designs finishes a different, small size, but they all coordinate. If you're an over-achiever, you could stitch a gift tag for your tins of home-baked cookies you'll be delivering to everyone!
Traditional designs... this is a nice set to work with. Offered as the chart.
Santa Biscornu from The Stitching Parlour
This is stitched on 20ct Natural Linen, so the model has finished into a generous 5 x 5 piece. Stitching Parlour's cute little cushion would be awesome on something smaller, too, and would make a neat ornament to hang on the tree. Stitched with Gentle Art Simply Wool, (coded for DMC floss, as well.) the Santa beards are Rainbow Gallery's Wisper!
Notice the blue Eyelet snowflakes scattered everywhere? They cover the bottom side... and each evergreen tree is topped with a JABCO star button. Offered as a chart, this is just plain cute!
Quaker Christmas II - Songs of the Season from ByGone Stitches
Oh... here's a Christmas Present to Yourself! This is an incredible collection of Quaker-inspired motifs scattered about -- but look closely -- and find all the songs! Names of Christmas Carols are all over in this -- spelled and STITCHED with more motifs! Can you Three Ships a Sailing? We Three Kings? Little Drummer Boy? By Gone Stitches adds a third sampler to her collection -- this one is just as large and just as commanding as her others.
Offered as a chart, it finishes approx 17 x 25 on 28ct... probably too large to drop down the chimney already stitched and framed... so better plan on getting just the chart from Santa! You'll need 23 skeins (115 yards) of Gentle Art's Currant hand-dyed cotton, and 5 skeins (25 yards) of Blue Spruce. CHECK and see if you like those colors... choose others if you want... just get enough thread right from the start for color safety! (Actually, we recommend purchasing an additional 2 skeins of the Currant and 1 of the Spruce.) Just beautiful to behold!
Cradles of Christmas Joy from the Merry Noel Collection
from Homespun Elegance
Cradles of Christmas Joy... these are BABY Ornaments! The girl version features an angel, the boy's has a nutcracker... and everything is tucked into a wooden cradle! See the initials on the cradle, and the name and date above the figures?
Offered as a chart pack of both ornament designs...
Homespun Elegance Presents its Annual Ornaments!
For zillions of years, we have been treated to three ornaments by Homespun Elegance. Always a Snowman, Santa and Sampler ornament... this year's are really cute, and WILL NOT disappoint!!!
Always offered as single charts with a tiny brass embellishment, ALL finish approx 3-1/2 x 2-3/4 on 30ct hand-dyed linen. See if you can find all the previous years' ornaments on our HE page... we have a ton of them -- as we have been getting them for zillions of years -- remember?
NOEL Quadrielle from The Sweetheart Tree
Another festive cube-shaped ornament by The Sweetheart Tree, NOEL features each of it's letters on a side, all intertwined with green holly leaves. Sandy makes every bit of this sparkle with her Mill Hill Magnifica bead and crystal-clear Paillette embellishments.
Finishing approx 4 x 4 x 4, your stitching is featured everywhere -- so very pretty! The complete kit offers all the charts, needle, 28ct Natural Linen, all the flosses and embellishments -- all you add is the stuffing and some favorite ribbons for the undertie.
Snowman, Santa, Rudolph and Mrs Claus! from The Sweetheart Tree
4 Stars of the Holiday Season... each is approx the same size, features the same white 'snowflake' button embellishment, can be stitched with or without their borders, together in a row, or separately... you decide!
A cute set, Snowman and Santa are paired together in Sweetheart Tree's Teenie Tweenie small chart format which includes the 2 buttons. Rudolph and the Mrs come together, as well.
Christmas Jewels from Mill Hill
Mill Hill has released a set of 6 small ornaments -- that *are* ornaments!!! Offered as the small kits of 14ct perforated paper loaded with flosses, beads and embellishment, these all finish approx 2 x 3.
Pretty little things, 3 rounds, 3 teardrops, what fun decorations for your Christmas Tree! Present them as package ties on your extra-special gifts to those who will appreciate your loving stitches!
Southwest Santas from Mill Hill
OK... Presenting the 2011 Mill Hill Annual Paper Santas -- numbers 31 thru 33!!! Every year since the turn of the century (love how that sounds!)... Mill Hill has delivered a set of 3 paper Santa ornament designs -- this year's with a Southwest flavor! Look back on our MH pages... you can find ALL of the previous 30 in the collection scattered along the 3 pages of kit offerings!!!
Lots of color, neat things to tuck onto your tree... each finishes approx 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 and is garnished with *some* beads -- not as many as the smaller bead kits. ALWAYS year-long favorites... if you can't do too many, choose some favorites, stitch 'em up, and glue them to a pre-lit greenery wreath! TONS of display bang for your buck! We've had musical, seafaring, mountaineering, arctic... quite a family of these little guys!
Magi Trilogy from Mill Hill
Wow... Here are the Three Wise Men... delivered in the same size format as Mill Hill's annual Paper Santas! We're speculating that they'll now have to do an entire nativity in years to come... this is just the first installment!
Beautiful ornaments for your tree to help tell The Christmas Story. Each finishes approx 4 x 4-1/2 inches and includes the chart, flosses, beads and glass or crystal Mill Hill Treasures! Classy!
Presenting Mill Hill's 2011 Christmas Bead Kits
In my opinion, these are some of the best they have EVER designed!!! The classic 5 x 5 designs that are offered on 14ct Perforated Paper using DMC floss and Mill Hill seed beads, all six this year are going to be favorites! Home for Christmas has that pretty front door -- with family Scottie Dog! Holiday Delivery features an old fashioned mailbox with SNAIL MAIL cards and festively wrapped gifts!!! Winter Woods is a frosty blue and white forest scene. They have two other blue and white designs like this -- wow, they are eyecatchers!
Look at that bright red bird button on there! Believe is a swirly Old World Santa -- neat sky treatment in the background. Holiday Stockings features the stocking-in-waiting... against the brick hearth, and Hanging Around reminds me of all my tiny glass ornaments! See the little Santa? He's hanging there from his hook!!! All are offered as complete kits of perf paper, chart, beads, flosses and buttons. We always do ours on 28ct linen, so we can stuff them and make hanging pillows.. Whichever -- this year's collection is STUNNING!
2011 Winter Holiday Collection from Mill Hill
Into smaller ornament designs? This year's 2011 selection is awesome!!!! Again, some of the best Mill Hill has ever delivered, I love them all! The Star Santa is classic, crossed Candy Canes are the same way. The Merry Moose could pass for a Reindeer! The Holly Sprig is pretty, the Holiday Stamp is so Retro! I Love that one! And of course, check out little Kris Mouse! I think he's sleeping in his Christmas PJ's... waiting for Christmas morning!
All of these smaller ornament-sized designs finish approx 2 x 3, are stitched in DMC flosses on 14ct perforated paper, and include Mill Hill glass Treasure embellishments. They are a great value, because everything is inside the little bag -- for only $6.50! We have a lovely wreath in the shop, garnished with about 4 dozen of these small designs. Our local EGA chapter stitched it for us... they put in lights, red bulbs and jam-packed it with these ornament pieces. It is charming... and quite eye-catching in the shop! Just another way to enjoy the stitching... and then an end-use for these!
Poinsettia, Holly and Rose Humbugs from Faby Reilly Designs
Lovely, elegant Christmas ornament designs by Faby Reilly Designs of Paris, this tiny trio of 2 x 2-ish ribboned florals will look pretty on your tree. ***Beautifully Charted*** for DMC floss and Light Effects metallics, each features Mill Hill glass beads, too. Work them on any 28ct count you like... the charts come with a page of NINE actual photographs of the Humbug assembly procedure -- terribly easy when you see the pics!
We don't carry much of the Light Effects thread... we like Rainbow Gallery's Petite Treasure Braid, as the color range is much wider, and the threads themselves are softer and more pliable. We can send all the necessary threads, beads, metallics and fabrics you need. These are *really nice!*
Christmas Pendeloque from Faby Reilly Designs
This is a neat shape for a stitched ornament... a pendant, with a flat bottom! Christmas Roses and Poinsettias decorate everywhere with a flourish! A companion to Faby Reilly's Humbug ornaments, this is also offered in chart format with 20 little photographs of the finishing process!!! A very clear chart, they have color coded the backstitch lines.
Charted for DMC floss, I THINK this must finish approx 6 x 3... stitch count is 160 x 80... but it's wrapped... the bottom panel has a stitch count of 20 x 20, so on 28ct, that little bottom panel is 1-1/2 inches square. We have to get our shop model done ASAP! An absolutely lovely chart.
Snowman Biscornu from Faby Reilly Designs
Cute, cute, cute! Even the bottom side is stitched with noses, hats and scarves -- after the snowmen have melted!!!
60 x 60 Stitch count, work this on any white even-weave you wish, charted for DMC flosses... the center is garnished with a white pom-pon!
This is Christmas! from Raise the Roof
Oh my gosh, this is DARLING! Stuffed full of overdyed color, there are a million motifs scattered about on this. Packages, sleigh bells, the staircase decorated with greenery, the snowman out in the yard, and even Santa tip-toe-ing up to the house -- I think he's too fat for the little chimney!
'This is Christmas' is offered as a chart and finishes approx 7 x 12 on 32ct. Just a fun piece, you keep seeing something new every time you look at it! Button embellishments offered separately.
Holiest of Nights from Homespun Elegance
Homespun Elegance has released a really neat design that you will recognize as a companion to several of her best offerings! Holiest of Nights is a pretty scene that follows a very old tradition in samplers -- a border on only three of the four sides! Stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Putty Hand-dyed Linen, with DMC and overdyed flosses, this is decorated with a pair of Olde Brass Buttons -- Angels. Approx finished size is 5 x 8.
I just love this set of designs.. you can scroll down through our Homespun Elegance pages and find 5 more that go with it!!! Sheep May Safely Graze, Wishing Thee Freedom, Warmth, Plenty, and the Cinnamon Stick Santa #18! Offered as a leaflet, we have stitched models of all in this series, and they have always been shop favorites throughout the years.
So Very Merry! from AB Designs
Amy Bruecken of AB Designs has another really fun Santa Claus this year -- he and his little buddy are sporting DMC Memory Thread embellishment of their faces. Santa is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Peoria Purple Linen in DMC and overdyed flosses. After all is stitched, take your black and white Memory Threads (actually thread-covered wire) and bend and tack down! The little snowman has a sticky-outy clay carrot nose, too.
Very cute and colorful, So Very Merry is offered as a chart, embellishments, Mem Thread... all available separately. Note: One package of Memory Thread has something like 3 yards on it... If you have one card from a different project... you don't need more for this!
Nick & Chip Stocking from SamSarah Design Studio
Sam Sarah's 5th Christmas Stocking, this one is for the 'Cool Dude' of the House! So many times, stockings really don't offer your boys a dignified option!!! This one is perfect! The Dude and The Man... this is stitched on Week's Dye Works 20ct Mocha Linen with one strand of Caron Collection's Hand-dyed Watercolors thread. Watercolors is similar to size 5 Perle Cotton, and is hand-dyed, giving you all those subtle color variations.
As with all the other stockings... stitch and garnish with clay alphabet letters spelling the special name. This one features a few package buttons, too! Sam Sarah has a really nice collection of non-gender and age-specific designs for stockings... check 'em out on our stockings page!
Ragamuffin Santa from Simple Stitches
Oh my gosh... this is the cutest little stuffed Santa! Stitched on 30ct Weeks Chestnut Linen in Weeks hand-dyeds or DMC flosses, you stitch him, assemble him in the same finishing treatment as a stand-up, add some raggy fabric legs, and he sits on a sill!!!!!! Attach a little present in his sack if you wish! Raggamuffin Santa measures approx 5 x 6, before you add his legs.
Offered as a chart, you'll need your own finishing instructions for the stand-up assembly part, and some cute fabric for legs, and a bit of black felt for boots. Our Magic by Mona can assemble this darling little guy SO beautifully for you when your stitching is finished!!!
Merry Gentlemen from Just Nan|
Just Nan has several new Christmas releases... Merry Gentlemen is just one! Santa, his reindeer, snowflakes, tiny striped ornaments, doves and trees... everything circles into a medley of reds, greens, browns and whites... with all those tiny motifs catching your eye every now and then! Merry Gentlemen is stitched in your choice of Belle Soie Silk or DMC cotton floss, on 28ct Opalescent Natural Newport Linen -- which features deep red woven threads throughout to create a tic-tac-toe effect in the fabric.
Just a few Smyrna Crosses, there are larger Rice Snowflakes bordering each Santa -- they add lots of texture. Merry Gentlemen is offered as the chart with embellishment pack of gold tree charm, white and gold petite beads, and tiny red and white striped glass beads. Finishing approx 7 x 7... it's a festive Round-About for Christmas!
Cherish from Just Nan
Nan's 16th Angel...Cherish is worked on 32ct, and features Smyrnas, Triple Leviathans, and Tied Crosses in her elegant dress. This year, she is shown in a 4 x 6 pewter filagree frame, we have a few of those to offer. Cherish follows the same sizing and design formats as Nan's other 15 angels -- which we STILL offer on our Just Nan pages!
Check out the Angel Stocking design -- it is a master stocking design that fits any of Nan's now 16 different angels. Elegant as always, you'll notice her face is charted for either over-one or over two!
Presenting the 6th Annual Santa Kit! Santa's House from The Prairie Schooler
Following the coverlet-feel of previous year's designs, this one joins the rest -- which ARE STILL AVAILABLE right now! Always offered as the design with cut of 28ct Natural Cashel Linen and 6 complete skeins of Crescent Colours hand-dyed flosses...
This year, I think the house in the pic is more mine, than the North Pole! Either way, the gardens are full of lush pine trees and blooming poincettias, and Prairie Schooler personality!
Nora Cobett's 2010 Christmas Tree from Mirabilia Designs
Miribilia's 5th annual Christmas Tree design is here! Every year, we are treated to a lavishly decorated tree -- full of shading, detail and glitz! Offered as a chart with Belle Soie hand-dyed silks of Bahama Breeze, Fern Frond, Creme de Menthe and Icing... the 6-1/2 x 9 tree is dressed with oodles of glass seed beads of icey blue, crystal and white, along with three Mill Hill frosted glass snowflakes.
Stitched on 32ct -- Waterlily or Star Sapphire look great! Chart includes the silks, beads, glass flakes and #4 metallic braid. 2006 thru 2009 designs are still available, but as with 2010, all are Limited Editions.
Santa's Village Sampler from The Victoria Sampler
It's a busy Christmas Eve Evening... Santa and The Mrs are checking their lists and the elves are getting reindeer ready for the upcoming flight, snow is falling, it promises to be a Big Night! Victoria Sampler has a new Christmas sampler that companions her Ravenhill Herb Farm, Jingle Bells Christmas Tree Farm, and Strawberry Fields Farm pieces -- this is Santa's Farm!! Offered in leaflet form with silk packs separately, the verse on this reads: 'It's Christmas Eve, such a magical night as Santa and reindeer prepare for their flight... His sleigh and huge sack filled with more than just toys... they hold love, peace, contentment and true Christmas joys.'
Stitched on 28ct Misty Blue Cashel Linen in lots of pretty silks and perle cottons, you'll see two lacy borders that each feature tiny red jade heart embellishments!!! Accessory Pack contains the colored silks and embellishments... there is a separate silk pack of JUST white silk for the snow... optional as you *might* have another white you can use... and chart does require 1 ball each of #8 and #12 white Perle for those lacy bands. As always, VS has stuffed this with cute, tiny detail, and LOTS of specialty stitches. Tons of texture, lots of charm! Finishes approx 7 x 15-1/2 inches.
Introducing to Our Christmas Stocking Page!
Over the years, we have collected the most lovely selection of various Christmas Stocking patterns from lots of great Cross Stitch Designers. I've finally organized them and put them all in one place for you. One MUST be ready for Santa and his Christmas Eve Visit!!!
Featured designers include Just Nan, Shepherd's Bush, Lizzie Kate, Bent Creek, Better Homes & Gardens, Sam Sarah... and lots of others. You'll enjoy the browsing!
All patterns are offered as single charts, and we sell all the necessary fabrics, threads and embellishments for each. (You're on your own to work out *fillings* with Santa!) If you need stocking assembly after your precious stitches have been done, consider our own Magic By Mona to finish your heirlooms.
Christmas is Coming... and we have the trees to prove it!
JBW has released 4 additional tiny Christmas Tree designs -- to bring this charming collection to 6 cards of 2 trees each for a total of 12!
All finishing either 1 or 2 inches in total size, each is different and quite charming! Hidden motifs, tiny charms to top each, and Mona's cute rouched ribbon finishing treatments... HOW can you pick an absolute favorite from this set?
Each card offers 2 different trees, shown stitched over one or two threads. Models are exquisite... and some reside at The Silver Needle!
2010 Winter Button & Bead Kits from Mill Hill
This season's newest Mill Hill Designs are on their way, and your stitching bag is going to need to make room for them! Some fun and different designs this season... The Clock Repair Shoppe joins the Village series, Let it Snow is a frosty snowflake scene looking out of a frosty window. Frosty seems to go with Let it Snow -- we just love that frosty snowman. The Through The Woods sleigh scene looks so 'retro' and heartwarming, and joins that Village series as well, and the Gingerbread House looks good enough to eat!
Offered as complete kits of 14vy perforated paper, along with tons of beads, DMC flosses and a Mill Hill hand-painted button! (Our shop models are always on 28ct linen... if you want a color to match the paper in the kit, other than Natural, please tell us!)
Festive Trees Ornaments from Mill Hill
This is a new collection of designs... a set of 6 different Christmas Trees... that are shown as ornaments. Approx 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 in size, each tree is stitched on 14ct perforated paper in DMC flosses, and garnished with a small brass charm. We think they'd be AWESOME on fabrics, and finished with a bit of stuffing, a pretty bow, and a bit of cording on the edges. Six trees, each one is as pretty as the last! Three indoor and three outdoor... I'm not sure which is my favorite!
Offered as small ornament kits, such a pretty set, each kit includes the paper, chart, flosses, beads, embellishment and necessary needles... they'll also arrived at the end of this week.
Festive Trees Ornaments from Mill Hill
Also due to arrive this week... six new beaded ornament designs to grace this year's Christmas Tree... these are the small 2 x 3 kits that stitch in a jiffy! We have a lovely lighted wreath in the shop that displays 36 of them all stitched, as an alternative to the tree! (We glued them onto the wreath, and now all we have to do is plug it in, (or not!) and it's lovely!!!)
Kitty in the stocking is cute, the Snowflakes and Snowman go with the frosty window scene and the frosty snowman from the larger Button & Bead Kit designs, and the polar bear looks like he needs a hug! Cute, as always, each complete kit contains the perforated paper, chart, flosses, beads and featured embellishment.
The Nativity Story from Blackberry Lane Designs
Blackberry Lane designs has a set of lovely table dressings -- a Runner or Topper - each offered separately in chart format. The 8 x 29 (stitched size on 28ct, before any border) Runner features the Nativity story in a long row... the Topper 33 x 33 (on 28ct includes a 5-inch border), is basically the same design, stitched into a square.
Quite classic, each design is monochromatic -- pick a favorite hand-dyed to match your decor -- and features the Star of Bethlehem in gold metallic. Each side of the Topper tells the story of Joseph taking Mary to Bethlehem, Shepherds gazing at the Star, the Shepherd's visit, and finally the 3 Wise Men.
The runner is charted minus Joseph's trip with Mary. Really nice pieces, very classic. I don't know which version to tell you to stitch -- they're both elegant!
The Three Wise Men and The Snow Day from Blackberry Lane Designs
Blackberry Lane Designs has two *ornament* designs that are beautifully detailed and FULL of lots of DMC color! (Kind of generous in size for ornaments!) The Three Wise Men has a stitch count of 120 x 120 -- features 44 different colors, and will be exquisite stitched over one on anything!!!! The chart includes three bead 'jewels' and a tiny brass camel charm, along with a one-page history lesson of the Story of the Three Kings. It is going to be the first of Marie's 6 First Noel Ornaments... the chart's back page teases us about the rest coming in future years.
The Magic of Snow Globes first design is The Snow Day. A classic, antique scene, complete with plump snowman... this one measures 80 x 80 and calls for 48 different colors! Simply lovely pieces... offered as charts.
Hares' Christmas from Plum Street Samplers
Oh, isn't this cute? Skinny, skinny, skinny! Plum Street Samplers has a companion 'Hare Holiday' piece to Halloween. This one features Mom driving the Mini-Van!
Stitched with either DMC or Sampler Threads, this finishes approx 5 x 8 on 32ct. A slightly different twist to your Christmas Decor! Offered as the chart.
Donna Kooler's Stocking Collection, Second Edition
WOW... this 96-page softcover, full color book features 14 different full-sized Christmas Stocking charts! Candy Nutcracker, Jingle Bears, Santa Collage, Nostalgic Christmas, Snowman Sampler, Celestial Angel, Let it Snow, The Best of Christmas, Winter Scene, I Love Santas, Peace on Earth, Nativity, Cozy Christmas, and Gingerbread Mice...
You can see from the titles that contributing designers Linda Gillum, Barbara Baatz Hillman, Sandy Orton and Nancy Rossi have delivered quite a nice selection of GREAT stocking designs! All are basically the same size, all are coded for DMC, all can be stitched on any fabric you like... and all are super-detailed and CLASSIC!
Santa's Coming! from Shepherd's Bush
Here's a quick ornament design by Shepherd's Bush that matches quite a few of their other designs these past few months. Stitched on 28ct Newport Linen (it already has those white background stripes woven right into the fabric)... this little thing finishes only 3 x 3.
You can tell that the stitching is fast, and if you don't have the required overdyed Crescent Colours already in your stash, something else close in color might do nicely. It's embellished with a special clay Santa face button, made only for this design. Finish into a 8 x 8-ish pillow, like the pic, or smaller, into an ornament! Offered as the single chart with button separately.
Sugarplum & Reindeer Stockings from SamSarah Design Studio
Samsarah has two fun, new Christmas stocking designs that you probably won't finish in time for the Big Day this year... but next Christmas is only 13 months away!!! Big, Bold and Simple designs, each finishes approx 11 x 15-1/2 on 18ct Natural Linen. All of the color you are seeing on these is achieved by the Caron Collection Watercolors overdyed #5 Perle cottons used! SUPER EASY solid stitching, the hand-dying in the threads does all the color-work!!!
Offered as the leaflets, we have the threads bundled together for you... and the bells or peppermint buttons featured on each. If you want clay button letters for your names... please SPELL that name for us, so we can order the correct letters!
Bethlehem, I Saw 3 Ships & Gloria
This is a set of three Christmas ornaments each as pretty as the other! Offered in 3 individual charts, each is stitched on 32ct Linen -- Lambswool, Vintage and Natural, and measures approx 4 x 4-1/2.
Finished with a twisted cording edge and hanger, that floss tassel at the bottom is such a pretty touch! Regular flosses, Queen Stitches in the David's City grapes, a bit of one-over-one... these are just classy pieces!
Joyous Heart & Mr Candy Cane from Homespun Elegance
Homespun Elegance has two new ornament designs the season that are *really cute!* Both can be stitched over one thread or two -- pics of both ways are shown on the chart cover... and I don't know which one I like better! (OK... one over one always wins out!)
Offered as charts, each is stitched in flosses from your stash, and each chart includes a tiny brass embellishment, just for fun. With a stitch count of 39 x 60... the 1/1 pieces could be 1-1/4 x 2 on 32ct!!! How cute is that???
Cinnamon Stick Christmas XXII Santa and His Toys from Homespun Elegance
OK... we're still being treated to Homespun Elegance's Annual Gigantic Santa... this is the 22nd in the set! Offered as the chart with quite a full little packet of embellishments, he is stitched on 7ct Sand Klostern in size 3 Perle Cottons, and lots of Rainbow Gallery Wisper thread.
Real cute, he finishes approx 13 x 14 in size! HUGE!!! You'll use lots of floss to stitch his deep red coat, and furry beard... the model is finished into a weighted stand-up... VERY NEAT! Offered as the leaflet with embellishments.
Nora Corbett's 2009 Annual Christmas Tree from Mirabilia Designs
This year's elegantly appointed 7 x 8-1/2 confection is a glisteny study in oranges, and bright-coral reds! The 4th in this series, very stylized this year, it is stitched on 32ct white Belfast Linen in Crescent Colours of Ruby Slippers, Bandana, Lobster Claw, Cherry Tomato and Goldfish.
Loaded with red Mill Hill beads and a few burgundy crystal Treasures... it's red, red, red! Pattern comes with the flosses, beads and Treasures and #4 Kreinik Braid... you supply the linen. Very wispy, very busy, very sparkly... very different and fun! Take a look at the past three, and see which you like the best...
Twelve Days Sampler from The Victoria Sampler
Stitch a lovely bell pull for an empty, skinny wall, or a set of ornaments to scatter on your tree. Victoria Sampler has taken the words from 12 Days of Christmas and tucked them all into a 3 x 28 inch sampler -- loaded with pretty stitches and color! I love hanging this sort of thing in that thin little wall space between two doorways, or beside a window, or in a funny little wall niche... it's a surprise for anyone who walks by!
12 Days is stitched on 28ct Natural Linen in deep, rich shades of silks (lots of hand-dyeds), cottons, metallics, and is embellished with beads, pearls and little gold spangles. Charted for both the long sampler and each ornament individually, along with all the fun stitch diagrams -- 4 pages worth! -- there are finishing instructions for everything as well.
These kind of designs always seem to stitch so quickly, because the rows are short (only 3 inches wide!) and with every bit of a new stitch or little figurine... your sampler grows and grows! Offered as the leaflet, with thread accessory pack and linen offered separately.
Olde Worlde Santas by Jim Shore from Mill Hill
Mill Hill has released a set of 4 Olde Worlde Santas designed by artist Jim Shore. All have a 'quilt flavor' to them, all share a matching background, color scheme, and general shape, but each features a different Santa. Crisp bright reds and yellows, all are worked on an icy blue colored 14ct perforated paper in DMC flosses and glistening glass beads.
Of course, you can always stitch them on linen instead... either way, they finish a generous 5 x 5. Very vibrant, each is offered as the complete kit of chart, paper, flosses, beads, needle and button embellishment. We have a set of coordinating snowmen, too!
Prairie Schooler's 5th Annual Santa Kit!!!
*Must Be Santa* is their 5th Christmas Kit -- NOT TO BE CONFUSED with their small, annual Santa Card (we expect #25, still, this year!) Must Be Santa shows Santa in the upstairs window... above the decorated tree downstairs in the living room... and one of his reindeer up on the roof! The same pretty deep brick reds and greens... (as with so many of the PS designs, I see the Santa-in-the-window as a small take-out design stitched over one!)
This is the 5th year PS has released their Santa kits... chart, linen and Crescent Colours hand-dyed flosses... and you just simply *need* to stitch it! This kit contains the chart, 28ct Natural Linen, all the flosses and needle. He finishes approx 5 x 8... same size as his previous 4 annual kits! All of the previous cards and kits are pictured and dated on our PS pages... visit them to make sure your stash is complete!!! If you don't see a particular year's design... it is OUT OF PRINT!
Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow from Carriage House
Carriage House has released her next Hawk Run Hollow piece, joining Village, Houses and Shores of HRH! A stunning 12-part piece... just like the other three... each section can stand alone and is a lovely piece all by itself! EVERY square in this design is neat... lots of bold color and subject... the houses, trees, carolers, skating pond, singing cardinals and church scene are all endearing! LOTS of stitching in this, it finishes approx 17 x 23 on 32ct!
Charted for DMC flosses or Needlepoint Silks, the piece uses 119 colors!!! (So to save yourself approx $360... choose the floss!) I'm trying to choose my favorite section, and i *think* it's the skating pond... but I like those singing birds... ! Offered as a chart... linen and threads separately.
ABC Christmas from Lizzie Kate
Lizzie Kate has a new Christmas-themed alphabet sampler... one that announces all the fun things about Christmas... via mini motifs. Just like her Words for Life piece, this is a medley of memories, all squished into a 7-1/2 x 11 piece.
Stitched on your choice of fabric, the chart comes with 6 entire skeins of Crescent Colours hand-dyed flosses, and a bit of DMC. Lots of pretty color, cute little pictures buried within, it's a very cheerful thing!
Just Be Claus from AB Designs
An exuberant Santa, dressed in a coat of 'Merry Wildness', he's sporting a beard of the new DMC Memory Thread! First the coat -- swirls, stripes and polka dots of regular DMC cotton floss -- Be Claus is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 30ct Peoria Purple linen, in reds, greens, purples and white, and measures approx 6 x 10-1/2. He's embellished with black buttons and some silver bugle beads.
His beard has wired-thread curls all over it! DMC's new Memory Thread -- this variety of it -- is a thin copper wire, wrapped with cotton fibre. You wrap it around something like a pencil to get the little swirlies... and then just tack those onto the needlework! Totally fun and different... the wired Memory Thread comes in something like 14 colors on individual spools -- and we're getting it!Make sure to see ab's Halloween pieces that feature Memory Thread, too!
Star of Hope from Trail Creek Farm
Trail Creek Farm has a new Christmas design that is bright, festive and fresh! Brilliant reds, pinks, golden yellow and lime greens, the stitched design finishes just under 3 x 3 on Weeks 30ct hand-dyed linen, and is worked in Crescent Colours overdyeds or DMC floss. The chart comes with a teeny brass heart charm, and the chart does call for a few Mill Hill petite seed beads -- which you might already have in your stash.
I LOVE, however, Susan's trademark Star Pillow that finishes this piece! (it IS called Star of Hope, after all!) Her 9-ish inch stuffed star features two different green fabrics -- so you can choose your favorite side as the front! A lavish wire-ribboned organza bow and gold hanger dress the top.
Trail Creek also has another new pillow style -- her Baby Chunk Square -- and she's done one in the same colorways for this design, as well. Quite the cute, pudgy cube, it's approx 8 x 8 x 4-1/2. A delightfully different size and shape! SO... choose just the chart, or the chart and Star Pillow, or chart and Baby Chunk Pillow!
Prairie Schooler's 2009 Annual Santa is HERE!
The 26th annual Olde Worlde Santa is a skater this year! He's holding a hockey stick, and carrying gifts and skates to all!
Same small card format, same stitch count and same fun color scheme... your 2009 Skater Santa matches all the rest of Prairie Schoolers annuals!
Christmas Wishes from Dimples Designs
The Silver Needle is proud to debut Terrence Nolan's newest design for Dimples Designs! Christmas Wishes is Terrence's adaptation of a turn-of-the-century Christmas Card, and it is STUNNING! With a stitch count of 359 x 232... and a DMC color listing of 100 different colors.. it is a companion to Christmas Kisses... and just as intricately awesome! Santa is here... wrapping his arms around all his dolls and toys.. for his favorite girls and boys. He's keeping them safe and away from the blowing snow, because it's 'delivery night' you know...!
Intense, bold colors, SOLID stitching, I look at this chart, and know I'll do better enjoying the cover photograph!!! This, as with Christmas Kisses, is not for the weak-of-stitcher!!! Absolutely breathtaking... this is offered in either chart format, or complete kit of 22ct Hardanger with all 100 threads pre-sorted and organized on numbered palettes for you! (Like last year's kit -- almost too pretty to open and use!!!) Just Lovely... Christmas IS just around the corner, you know!!!
Christmas 2009 Button & Beads from Mill Hill
Six new kits for the season... two join the ever-growing Christmas Village of Mill-Hill-Ville!!!! The Firehouse and front yard snowman building are stitched in the same color palette as the rest of the 14 matching pieces in the set, so now we have 16 total in Millhillville! Next, there are two contemporary florals -- Poinsettia and Mistletoe & Holly -- VERY classy! Winter Wonderland and Christmas Collage are very different for Mill Hill... bright colors, very clean lines -- we think they are AWESOME!!
This year's set is eye-catching , and we can't wait to get our shop models stitched!!! All are offered as complete kits of 14ct perforated paper, all the beads, flosses, chart, needles and buttons. At the Silver Needle, we stitch these on 28ct linen and make little hanging pillows out of them... we can sell you that 28ct linen, as well.
Winter Greetings from Mill Hill
The 2009 set of *word* ornaments... we had 6 last year that were top sellers... this year's set is even better!!! Words of the Christmas Season... these are all small ornament-sized designs that finish approx 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 on 14ct perforated paper. Each is stitched in DMC flosses and embellished with lots of glass seed beads.
Naughty and Nice are darling! Hope and Star are elegant... just beautiful! Holly and Jolly are a cute, traditional pair. Cut them out when you're finished... that gives them the slightly curved shapes you see. Real cute!
Winter Holiday Kits from Mill Hill
Oh my gosh... this year's set of small tree ornaments is outstandingly cute! Check out the little Reindog, Downy Dove and the little penguin! The skates and sled are something new we've never had before in these small ornaments... and the Nativity is just ON!
A very nice set of designs... quite a departure from designs of previous years! All are offered in tiny complete kit format... for $6.50 you get tons of colors of flosses and beads... and a Mill Hill glass Treasure embellishment!
Arctic Circle Santas from Mill Hill
OK you Santa collectors! We bring you Mill Hill's Annual Santas #31, 32 and 33! Joining all the Alpines, Musicals, Mountain, and generally Olde World in flavor St Nicks... this year's come from the Arctic Circle!!! Greenland, Lapland and Eskimo... these are always complete kits that offer your Santa stitched on 14ct perforated paper, with a 3-dimensional floss beard and mustache, and relatively few bead embellishments.
Kind of reminiscent of antique paper ornaments. They are really neat on a Christmas Tree because they catch the lights, and look very beautifully *handmade!* Offered as complete kits of chart, paper, flosses, beads and needles, each finishes approx 3-3/4 x 4-3/4.
Christmastide from Erica Michaels
Linda presents a lovely silk qauze piece that stitches a mere 2 x 6 on 40ct! Of course, you can stitch it on something larger... and it'll be pretty either way... but the charm of the 40ct silk qauze is simply its finished presentation. Joining four other designs in her Petites Collection, Linda is using overdyed flosses in her gauze designs -- something that we haven't been treated to before.
Christmastide is a stunning Holiday piece that has a bold, moving background, behind the 1930s verse she's taken from an old Christmas Card. Check out 'Winter' as well... it's the second season, and joins Autumn, which has been a shop favorite since it arrived!
Little Bit o Winter from Erica Michaels
A teeny thing... Winter stiches a mere 1 x 2 on the provided 40ct silk gauze! Included with the chart is that gauze... you stitch it the same way you do anything else... only you need to do only a HALF of the cross stitch, not the whole thing!
Calling for overdyed flosses gives the design lots of interest -- can you see the 'lines' in the background? That's the overdyed. Just exquisite!
Christmas Markings from Heart in Hand
The last 4 small card designs in Heart in Hand's Christmas Markings set have arrived! Teeny things, they make a quick ornament when stitched individually, but quite a splash when stitched all together in their set. 'I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.'
Cute things in the surrounding border design -- but not Scrooge!!! We have the entire set of small cards available, as well as the border chart and embellishments.
Pere Noel - A Santa Scissor Keeper and Pin Holder from Dessins DHC
THIS is darling! An Olde-Worlde Santa, stitched over one thread on 32ct, he is two-sided, and has a top and bottom! Stitched with DMC flosses, the charts are clear, and instructions to assemble (presented in both French and English) include actual finishing photos. Santa is approx 3 x 5. He stores your scissors inside... they are tied to that red ribbon coming out of the top.
On Santa's back... is his sack full of 'toys' -- a darling set of Butterfly Couture hand-made clay-topped Christmas pins! The little 'basket' is a thimble sized piece that is stitched over two threads, cut out, stuffed and attached to the back. Pins stick in like a pin cushion.
This is precious! It is so unique, on the large side for an ornament... I think it should hang on your tree every year anyway! What a fantastic way to hide scissors, pins, and maybe even a few needles!!!!!! CHARMING!!! Presented in chart format with Christmas Pins.
Juggling the Holidays and Peppermint Snowman from Artful Offerings
Punch a colorful pair of winter snowmen... I don't know which of these I like better... so I'd opt for both! Offered as line drawings, you'll need to transfer them onto your weavers cloth to punch. Flosses are good 'ole DMC, making these slightly more affordable to punch than lots of other designs, and each is embellished with a few Just Another Button Company clay pieces.
Very bright and cheerful, Juggling finishes approx 4 x 5, while Peppermint punches approx 4 x 4. So Cute!
Christmas Chick from Valerie Pfeiffer|
We've had this little guy for some time... and I was going to put him up on the website early this summer... but the timing didn't seem right... 105 degrees outside! Anyway, I kind of forgot about him, till we were doing our 'pre-sale cleaning!' He's one of Valerie Pfeiffer's darling little birds... singing Christmas Songs!!!
Offered as a chart, he finishes approx 3 x 3 on 28 or 32ct, and is stitched in DMC flosses. I think he's precious... and I didn't want another year to go by without giving him his little place of honor on our website!
Birth of Jesus from The Stitching Parlour
Stitching Parlour has had a nice piece out for a while that is a pretty Nativity scene. Offered in chart format, it measures approx 6 x 18 on 14 or 28ct. What makes it special, though, are the Lazy Daisy stitches that make up all the palm fronds! They add so much interest, they just make this piece 'POP!'
It is embellished with a Mill Hill gold star button, and calls for 30 bitty brass stars to embellish the trees. In lieu of the stars, we suggest gold beads -- probably already in your stash, and they won't tarnish! A charming Christmas piece.
Winter White Santa from Mirabilia
Mirabilia's 100th design, this is an elegant Santa with a candy-cane-red scarf and flowing robes. Always the Mirabilia Trademark 'movement' and shading, this piece features a 3/4 inch crystal embellishment for the little tree topper.
It comes with the chart... and not offered separately. (So don't lose it, and don't loan the chart!) DMC flosses, metallics and beads... on 32ct Twilight Blue it finishes approx 13 x 17. Elegant!
Geographic Snowmen by Jim Shore for Mill Hill
Ok... these are here... but the set of 4 of them has NO NAME!! They are a set of 4 cross-stitch and beaded snowmen -- on 14ct perforated paper -- the one at the top left is Northern, next is Southern, next are are Eastern and Western! (And I don't 'get it!'... they're all frozen... and I can't tell WHAT area of the country ANY of them come from!!!) They ARE darling... I love the circular borders... and the colors are cheerful!
Offered as complete kits of the paper, flosses, beads and Jim Shore button... our shop models will be on linen... and we might even make up a set that finishes ROUND -- without the corner motifs! Cute snowmen... life seems so odd... my daffodils are blooming in my backyard, but the East Coast had that snowstorm the day we received our promo-sheets about these! In Australia it's 100 degrees... so I guess it just goes to show that you can get these *anytime of the year*... because eventually YOUR winter will come!!!!!
Santa's Ride from Giulia Punti Antichi
What an endearing little Santa Claus riding through the snow-frosted landscape, atop his trusty reindeer! (change that nose stitch, and Santa is riding on Rudolph!) Giulia's creation is stitched on Weeks Dye Works 35ct hand-dyed Mocha linen, and uses Sampler Threads, finishing approx 6 x 6-1/2 inches.
It is finished into an easel stand-up -- you could frame it, cube it, pillow it -- but what adds to the overall charm of the piece is the 'tufting' on the front! It reminds you of a little mattress!!! Pretty colors, a lovely, flowing design with the 'layers and layers' of different greens, it really has caught our eye in the shop, and we all love it! Offered as a chart.
The Toy Box from Heaven and Earth
Well, we have totally fallen in love with these over-the-top huge and involved Heaven and Earth Christmas and Classical American pieces of Folk Art. Offered in chart format, I ordered a few, simply because I personally like them... and thought you might too. Well... collectively, you bought them ALL... so I *was forced* to pick some more... and they arrived today!!! (Lindy Legener -- that would be me -- could never sit still long enough to do one of these... but I KNOW there are tons of you out there who DO!)
I just love looking at the charts! Anyway, we have 17 new ones to show you on the H & E pages... and I thought The Toy Box was a lovely intro piece! And, you know... it IS only January, you have lots of weeks ahead in 2009 to get working on these... lots of winter days ahead, lots of traveling, lots of quiet evenings... Go For It!
Jim Shore's 12 Days of Christmas by way of Mill Hill
Well... you have a little time to get these done in time for next Christmas!!! Mill Hill brings us a beautiful leaflet presenting 12 of artist Jim Shore's designs for those 12 days of Christmas. Finishing approx 6 to 7 inches square each, the fabric you choose determines the final size of each block.
Lots of bright floss colors and elegant Mill Hill beads, they show the French Hen by itself -- she's stunning! Offered as the leaflet, beads, fabrics, buttons, etc offered separately. Seems pricey... but actually, each design costs less that $2!
A Very Merry Christmas from JBW Designs
A chubby tree, decorated with tiny lights and little candles, we've taken Judy's Christmas Tree of words design, and stitched it on 18ct linen, adding a whole set of clay buttons to the finished piece, for color and fun! What started as a small, simple thing... grows into a 7-1/2 x 7-1/2 Easel Stand-up!
Worked in either #5 Hand-dyed perle or regular flosses, the stitching will take you no time at all... the buttons do all the work! A button placement sheet accompanies the clay pack. Very festive! Offered as the card, with buttons separately.
He Looked Like a Peddler from Heaven and Earth Designs
Artwork by Ruth Sanderson, you'll recognize this one as coming from the Night Before Christmas Poem!
Classic colors, beautiful details, the stitch count of this one is a mere 400 x 303! Offered as a chart.
North Pole Cut Thru from Bothy Threads
Gosh, this is THE CUTEST!!! Santa's North Pole retreat, he's up in bed sleeping while all the commotion is taking place down below! Check out his sleigh out there on the roof... his hat drying on the stove pipe, the elves passing notes via the pulley system. There is a sewing elf, complete with his plugged-in iron! I love the chick in the basement, doing the paperwork... and check out the seal *who has popped through a hole in the ice* for a visit!!!
The mailbag full of letters to Santa, the snowman on the roof... don't miss the little rock that is the weight down at the bottom of the North Pole! So, so much to look at in these designs, they are a lot of stitching work, but if you have the right place to display the finished product, they ARE worth the effort and fun comments you'll get from everyone who sees them!!!
Peppermint Twist from Blue Ribbon Designs
Blue Ribbon has released two new Christmas designs, Peppermint Twist -- which is shown -- and Countdown to Christmas -- which is a darling Advent Calendar.
PT is a medley of Christmassy and Winter motifs, all packed together into a sampler format, or split apart, and sewn into small needlework smalls. You can make ornaments out of your favorite parts, stitch the pinkeep, scissor fob, or needlebook, too!
Pretty colors of Weeks cotton are used -- Curry, Garnet, Hazelnut, Holly, Hunter, Liberty and Snowflake, which you probably already have in your stash. Very pretty, the main piece finishes approx 8-1/2 x 9-1/2 on 32ct. Offered as a chart.
Santa Hang-Up from Imaginating
I don't know what about this little guy captures my fancy, but I think he's just the cutest thing! Stitched on 14 or 28ct white, he finishes approx 4 x 9, he's stitched in plain-good-old-fashioned solid colors of 321, 814, 699, 702 and 704 DMC floss, and contains no special stitches. No metallics, no beads, just a whole LOT of charm! Offered as a leaflet.
Now... you *could* add some furry Wisper to his beard... you could add beads to that pine border, metallic to the ornaments and his coat... or not! You could even stitch *just* his face or the Joy and use them as ornaments! (and you even have that border that turns corners, and goes on the bias, so you could stitch IT around other tiny motifs for other fun ornaments!!!... but I'm getting carried away, here!)
Majestic Christmas II from Homespun Elegance|
This is a chart-pack that offers a trio of small oval pictures, that are shown finished into fun little tasseled ornaments. Simple designs, each is stitched in a combination of overdyeds and DMC flosses.
Surrounded by lacy borders, because they are solid stitching inside the border, they appear to be miniature portraits! Offered as the pack of three charts.
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